WIN Job Center to remain open two days a week at biz center
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia WIN Job Center reopened Tuesday in a new location on a part-time basis.
The center will be open two days a week - Tuesdays and Wednesdays - from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center or incubator at 1016 Saxon Airport Road in the industrial park.
The Philadelphia WIN Job Center was one of 15 across the state targeted for closure on June 21, the state Department of Employment Security announced.
The cuts were part of across-the-board federal budget reductions that went into effect on March 1. WIN centers are funded by the U. S. Department of Labor.
The Board of Directors of the Enterprise Center presented a proposal to MDES agreeing to absorb expenses for rent, postage, Internet services, office machines and utilities if the WIN Center relocates into the incubator at the Industrial Park.
MDES has asked the city, county and Tribe for about $4,800 annually to help fund the WIN center's server fee.
"We're pleased with this new relationship with our Philadelphia-Neshoba County partners," said Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director. "They are providing funding so that we can operate the Philadelphia WIN Job Center on a part-time basis."
"Helping Mississippians get jobs is a team effort and we applaud the local leadership for making this investment that allows us to maintain a presence in the community."
State Rep. C. Scott Bounds called the WIN Center important to the county's workforce.
"I am grateful to the county, city and Tribal officials, along with East Central Community College and the Community Development Partnership in their collaborative efforts to assist us in retaining the center here," he said.
"The retention of the WIN Job Center in Neshoba County is vitally important to our workforce in having a resource to seek employment. I especially want to thank Mark Henry, Executive Director of the MDES, and his staff for assisting us at the state level to maintain a center here in Neshoba County. The WIN Centers are a valuable tool to employers across the state when in need of individuals in search of employment opportunities."
Community Development Partnership President, David Vowell shared his sentiments.
"The Philadelphia-Neshoba County community knows that the WIN Job Center is needed by the employees and employers in our area," he said. " We are thankful that MDES worked with our Neshoba Business Enterprise Center Board to make it possible for the WIN Center to stay open for our community. We are also thankful for East Central Community College, City of Philadelphia, Neshoba County and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians for working with the Enterprise Center to make possible this alternate site for the WIN Center."
State Sen. Giles Ward also expressed appreciation to MDES.
"I appreciate the Mississippi Department of Employment Security being so cooperative with our local officials and working with them in a manner that allows the Neshoba County WIN Center to remain open, even though it is on a limited basis," he said.
"It's somewhat ironic that these entities were able to work out a 'WIN-WIN' solution for our important WIN Center in Philadelphia."
Through the WIN Job Centers, two call centers, and the department's website, MDES provides convenient, one-stop services to businesses looking for skilled qualified workers and to people looking for good jobs.
The agency also assists individuals with job training so that they will be better prepared for work. In addition, the department pays unemployment compensation to Mississippians who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
For more information about MDES services, visit www.mdes.ms.gov or call 1-888-844-3577.